California Climbing & Backcountry Skiing Report - April 24, 2017

After a brief hiatus the climbing & backcountry skiing conditions report is back! Here's the report for April 24th.  Spring is in full force here in the Eastern Sierra. Several small storms have been moving through the region bringing what might have been our last powder day, last Wednesday, but mostly high winds. There is plenty of corn still to be harvested, so don't put away your touring boots yet. Road crews have started to clear Tioga Pass this past week!!

Welcome to our weekly climbing and backcountry skiing report for the state of California. Our goal is to provide a weekly single source of climbing and skiing conditions around the state. We hope you stay tuned!

Backcountry Skiing & Boarding

Eastern Sierra

Backcountry skiing the past week was has been a mixed bag with warm temps and high winds. We saw a lot of wet slides in lower elevations and wind slabs in the higher.  The corn cycle was strong in the lower elevations that quickly turned to heavy snow around 1300. Touring up could be quite spicy in the mornings with ski crampons being a must. 

With another quick set of storms moving through mid week conditions might be similar- with less corn to harvest. However, the long term forecast is calling for sunny weather so things may improve dramatically.

Mammoth Crest 10,000 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

Eastern Sierra Guided Backcountry Skiing

Big slide activity at Mammoth Mountain last week.

Big slide activity at Mammoth Mountain last week.


Tahoe also has seen a wild ride of high winds and big temperature swings. Tahoe has a huge snowpack now and everything is skiable. Warm temps are on hand in the next week so it's time to look at those South faces possibly. Can't imagine it will be easy to find cold snow this coming week. 

Castle Peak (Donner Summit) 7500 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

Mount Shasta

Shasta Mountain Guides reported last week lots of fresh cold snow giving way to some epic powder days. This past weekend brought warmer temperatures with increased risk of wet slabs.   

Mount Shasta 8500 ft NOAA Weather Forecast


California Avalanche Advisories & Observations

Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center (Observations only)

Bridgeport Avalanche Center (Northern High Sierra)

Sierra Avalanche Center (Lake Tahoe Area)

Mount Shasta Avalanche Center

Ice Climbing

Lee Vining & June Lake Ice Climbing

The ice climbing report is done for the season. 

Lee Vining Canyon Ice 8000 ft NOAA Weather Forecast
Ice Cimbing Classes...winter 2016/17

Alpine Climbing

High Sierra Climbing

This weeks weather pattern is looking like its going to bringing moderate winds with gust of 50+ to the ridges and peaks. 

Palisades 12,000 ft NOAA weather forecast

Mount Shasta Climbing

The Shasta climbing season is almost upon us. But for now, keep in mind that there is still heavy winter like snowpack. 

Mount Shasta 12,000 ft NOAA weather forecast

Rock Climbing

Joshua Tree

The climbing season is Joshua Tree is quickly coming to an end. This week temperatures are going to be in the mid to high 80's this week. So seek the shade! 

Joshua Tree, Hidden Valley Campground NOAA Weather Forecast

Eastern Sierra

The day time temp this week  in the Buttermilks are going to be in high 70's and low 80's. Mornings and evening are cool enough to get some work done. Dido for Happy and Sad boulders. 

Pine Creek Canyon is relatively snow free with patches lingering. Higher temps have made it quite pleasant in the canyon. 

Owen's River Gorge is starting to warm up. Be advised that LADWP is working in the Central Gorge. Access to some of the areas might be restricted. 

All Mammoth area climbs are still under heavy snow. 

Owens River Gorge NOAA Weather Forecast

Mammoth Lakes 9000 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

Yosemite Valley & Tuolumne Meadows

The Valley season is starting to ramp up. Early this week looks like it should be wet with blue skies and mid 60's by the weekend. 

Road crews started clearing Tioga pass this past week, with any luck we all will be bc skiing in Tuolumne soon. 

Yosemite Valley NOAA Weather Forecast
Tuolumne Meadows 8600 ft NOAA Weather Forecast